Two Top Awards at Highlands and Islands Ceremony

Scottish Sea Farms was awarded two prestigious awards at the SCDI Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards, held at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.

The company picked up the Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business.  Scottish Sea Farms exports to 12 different markets and this represents sales of over £30 million pounds in 2014.  The company has been successful in establishing Scottish Salmon as a premium export product in developing markets and with existing global customers and, in January 2015, it gained Approved Exporter Status.

Scottish Sea Farms, in conjunction with Marine Harvest, also won the ScotRail Business Direct Award for Excellence in Business Service and Engagement.

As the two biggest players in the industry in Scotland, Scottish Sea Farms and Marine Harvest Scotland recognised that concerted action was needed to develop a solution to sea lice on a scale that could benefit the Scottish salmon farming industry as a whole and embarked on a £2 million research project at the University of Stirling’s marine facilities at Machrihanish in Argyll.

The project is set up to breed wrasse, sometimes known as cleaner fish, who are natural predators for sea lice, as an alternative to chemical treatments or medicines.

Jim Gallagher, Managing Director, Scottish Sea Farms, said: “These two award wins mean a great deal to Scottish Sea Farms and the teams of hard working people we employ in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland.  It is our employees who work extremely hard, in often challenging conditions, which has resulted in this recognition.

“Our investment in the business continues with new equipment being commissioned and supplied by other Scottish companies.  Our commitment to sustainability is ongoing and this has been recognised with the joint award win with Marine Harvest, for the collaborative research work we are doing with wrasse.

“Most importantly, H&I Business Excellence Awards recognise our investment in the Scottish economy, our staff management, our training and development of our young people and the commitment to developing our quality standards across all areas of fish farming.”

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